Audio Forum 2013

May, 17, 21 and 24, 2013 | Faculty of Dramatic Arts
Dejan Pejović, then an assistant professor at the Department of Sound Recording and Design at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, taught within the scope of music recording and production. By 2013, he was already in charge of at least three subjects related to that topic. His classes are remembered as fun, extremely well structured and hands-on.

Over time, a necessity arose – to enable the students to further contextualize what they had previously learned. So, Dejan devised an approach where students could make direct contact with people from the industry. The three days of the first Audio Forum included one lecture each, where students directly engaged into discussions with professional music producers, at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts.

The “Audio Forum” project was bootstrapped by the MASIV association, led by Dejan Pejović, along with Danica Bojić, Dino Dolničar and Bojan Antunović, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.

The birth of the first and, what later turned out, the only annual audio production conference in Serbia was witnessed by about twenty attendants.


Boris Krstajić

Music Producer

May 17, 2013 | 12:00 – 14:00 | on-site

Boris started his music career at the end of the ’90s as an arranger and album producer for the younger generation of pop artists at the time. Around the beginning of the ’00s, he provided original music to the project called “Speed Limit”, establishing himself as the most prominent electronic music author in Serbia.

Soon after, collaborations with prominent local pop musicians kicked in and, at the same time, Boris was making his way into the international electro-pop scene.

This came to happen in 2012, when the single “Ma Cherie“, a collab with DJ Antoine was officially released. The song went platinum in several European countries and was ranked in the top 10 of electronic pop music charts in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Slovakia and Switzerland.

As an arranger and producer, Boris worked with prominent Serbian pop artists such as: Aleksandra Radović, Ana Štajdohar, Miligram, Zana, Madame Piano, Saša Vasić.

Boris Krstajić was the first speaker ever to give a talk at Audio Forum.

Aleksandar Saša Habić

Music Producer

May 21, 2013 | 12:00 – 14:00 | on-site

We can say with the utmost certainty that Saša’s influence on music production was crucial – he redefined the role of music producer in the former Yugoslavia. His name is mostly associated with albums produced in the iconic Radio Belgrade Studio 5. He has been employed as a music producer at the production company PGP-RTB for a long time, founded in 1958. Habić was therefore part of the generation of musicians who changed the understanding of pop-rock music in this ex-Yugoslavia. He paved the way for new approaches to music arrangements and production, based on the international music production trends at the time.

In his long and prosperous career, Saša collaborated with the most famous performers and groups of the former Yugoslavia, such as: Bajaga i Instruktori, Zdravko Čolić, Riblja čorba, Van Gogh, Rambo Amadeus, Piloti, Zana, Galija, Smak, YU grupa, Kerber, Jakarta, U škripcu, Željko Bebek, Oktobar 1864.

Habić produced the song with the largest number of artists in the history of Yugoslav pop-rock, “Za million godina” (“In a Milion Years”) (1985), a contribution to the Band Aid movement, that worked to raise awareness of the need for humanitarian aid efforts in Ethiopia.

Vojislav Voja Aralica

Music Producer

May 24, 2013 | 12:00 – 14:00 | on-site

It is said that Voja is one of the busiest music producers in Serbia. Out of nearly a hundred albums under the belt, several were best-sellers in the ex-Yugoslavia. In addition to the best studios in this area, Voja has been building his career in some of the world’s best studios: Real World Studios, Abbey Road, Studio de la Grande Armée, Metalworks Studios, NRG, Metropolis, Strongroom.

Voja is a self-taught musician without formal education, who started his professional career at the age of 16. As a respected producer, arranger, composer and performer, he contributed to the creation of a large number of film music tracks, musicals and TV commercials.

He produced film music for the world-renowned director Emir Kusturica and collaborated with key authors and groups in ex-Yugoslavia: Bajaga i Instruktori, Zdravko Čolić, Van Gogh, Električni orgazam, Bilja Krstić i Bistrik, Frajle, Dejan Cukić. Voja is a permanent member of the the band Kolja i Grobovlasnici.

The Audio Forum team gives a special shoutout to Voja for the selfless support he has been showing ever since Audio Forum came into existence. Voja is also an honorary member of the Audio Forum team.

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